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How often should a piano be tuned?

This is the most commonly asked question.  The short answer is "as often as necessary" or "before it goes out of tune."  Once a piano goes too far out of tune a "pitch correction" is required, adding cost and risking, possibly, damage to the piano in terms of added stress and string breakage.

The long answer depends on how often the piano is played and what kind of environment the piano is in.  A rarely played instrument, in a carefully climate-controlled environment, can stay in tune for many years.  A piano that sees daily use/practice, or is stored/located in suboptimal conditions, may need to be tuned every few months.  On average, a piano should be tuned on an annual basis... once or twice per year. 

In critical performance situations, such as a concert stage or a recording studio, the piano would need to be tuned/retuned before each session, rehearsal, or performance.